A Heartbreaking Loss

I have a hard time, as I’m sure every Cameroonian does, digesting the elimination from the World Cup in the first round again.

In fact, ever since that great run in 1990, we have not gone past the first round at the World Cup. This time, we fell at the hands of Denmark.


All of Cameroon felt like Samuel Eto’o (Reuters).

The game started with Cameroon playing great, so much so that at the 10th minute, Samuel Eto’o scored our first (and only) goal of the Cup. The stadium went crazy! People were jumping everywhere. It was so bad that I found myself two rows from my seat, hugging people that I didn’t know.

Later, when everyone sat down, tears started streaming from my eyes. Not because I was happy, but because I realized that I got elbowed in the eye during the celebration. Man, it was hurting!

That was one of the most exciting moments of my trip.

It was also the high point. Denmark ended up winning, 2-1. Afterward, there were groups of people all around the stadium talking about the game and the team.

It appears to be a lot of internal  issues on the team. I came back, called my travel agent, and went straight to bed.

Yes, Cameroon being out of the World Cup ended my vacation. I will not be going to Capetown for the last game. I’m going to go back home for a few days, then back to the U.S., get in the lab, and get ready for a big season next year.